I have an iPad. Not my fault. You have to have an iPad to see the ibookstore. Why would a dyed-in-the-wool Kindle girl care?
Bell Bridge Books/BelleBooks have books in the iBookstore. I’m really “old school" and believe one should check on one’s products. So, after being unable to get iBookstore app to run on the Mac (also bought so we could upload books to the Apple iBookstore) I called Apple and was told, “Sorry, dude. You must have an iPad.”
So. I have an iPad. My assistant calls it “The Precious.” (i.e. Gollum)
Yes, it’s small. Yes, it’s color. Yes, it’s cool in a toy way, but it’s big to hold. It feels heavy and I don’t even have its case on it yet. My hands are too small to do the “texting-style” typing on it in portrait orientation. When laying flat it’s clear I’d have to cut my nails and practice to type on its built in keyboard (pops up when you touch a search box, the url line, the note pad app, etc.)
To be fair, we’ve been too busy to really fiddle with it. Once we download some apps maybe we’ll be more enthusiastic. (I did get a fabulous humongous calculator I love.) And I TOTALLY see how this is going to make a newspaper or magazine subscription easier to accept in digital format. That piece of the puzzle is a perfect fit. Deborah Smith has one and she just took a trip. All weekend I got emails about “The Magic Window.” She is a big iPad fan.
Next on my agenda for this week is a new Phone. Mine’s about the size of a brick, doesn’t take pictures, doesn’t do email or anything else. You can make a call on it. That’s pretty much what it does. My son is embarrassed. And I want the internet on my phone, so it’s time. Everyone I know who has an iPhone loves it. My son said I have to get the 4G Evo, which has a bigger screen and two cameras and is kicking iPhone’s butt. (according to my son.)
While I can see the iPhone/Evo as something that can be a toy AND functional, for me, the jury is still out whether the iPad is “all that and a bag of chips.” As a company we totally support an infinite number of platforms and media for our books. Whoohoo!! We’ll do everything we can to deliver books in whichever media a customer wants. We ran our first promotion in Apple’s iBookstore (started 22nd) – Anthony Francis FROST MOON. iBookstore also chose to do some promotion with the book last week so we’ll happy for that!
But the constant bombardment of new media tools is killing me! Maybe my problem is that I’m too busy to play with the iPad right now. Why? For one thing we acquired the digital rights to 11 books from the backlist of NYT bestselling author Jill Barnett. That’s a lot of books to add to a crowded schedule! Several of the books went up at Kindle in the last few days. More are coming soon to Kindle and everything coming soon to other platforms like Apple’s iPad!
After you look at some of the nifty covers for Jill, go to comments and tell me whether you want more media options or if you’d like the world to slow down technology so that we actually have a chance to really, truly learn one piece of equipment, social website or software before it becomes obsolete and we’re forced to upgrade to the next Big Bad.